Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his chat live from Jupiter at 10 a.m. Monday

Join Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold for his chat live from Jupiter at 10 a.m. Monday

Bring your Cards questions and comments to Monday’s 10 a.m. live chat.

    Here’s my take on the MLB lockout. I DON’T CARE!!! Call off the whole “doggone” season. I DON’T CARE!!! It is just ridiculous that they had plenty of time to get this worked out and didn’t even get started until February. There was a time when I was a baseball fanatic. Those days are long gone. Pro football, College basketball, Pro basketball and even Pro hockey have bypassed boring old MLB baseball on the excitement meter. So what does boring old baseball do? Oh sure, let’s have a lockout. Let’s cancel spring training(My son and I were ready to go to Tampa last Friday to watch Cards/Yankees) and regular season games. Brilliant, but I digress because…I DON’T CARE!!!
    Some people do care. And even then it could be a costly lockout for baseball.
    Derrick, I am all for the players making more money; owners can't do it without them. Don't you think the $80M bonus pool is a high ask?
    No. Because -- please remember -- the pool is based on the amount of players who are in it, and that number has shifted to a greater number because Super 2 isn't changing.
    Hey Derrick... Keep up the great work even if the sport doesn't deserve it at this time. With the state of negotiations & owners seemingly thinking they don't have enough of the game's money, I'm wondering why expansion by 2 teams isn't being talked about as a means to provide more union jobs and a way for owners to get a couple extra billion dollars injected into their sport. That extra money is needed so badly, are you surprised expansion hasn't been injected into the discussions with cities like Nashville, Vegas, Montreal, Charlotte, Portland, etc. lining up to get added into an industry that is struggling so badly ?
    Thank you for the compliment. Expansion is in the air. The owners have told the players' union that expansion is not on the front-burner for them. They said as much during the previous CBA negotiations five years ago and said the focus has to be on getting better situations in Tampa Bay and Oakland first before their eyes can shift to expansion. That was pre-pandemic. That was pre-losses to the 2020 season, ticket sale losses in 2021, and now a third consecutive year of lost revenue, this one self-inflicted. All of that is going to add up and a quick way for the owners to get a windfall in the near future is to pocket those massive expansion fees. That an infusion of big money, big cash, and it goes to the existing owners. There is a real interest in MLB to expand to Nashville. The Cardinals, of course, would be one of the teams that would have to be compensated for losing part of their market to a new team. Montreal, Portland are also being mentioned. But you're right: It's not being discussed at the table, but there's a sense from the union that it has to be in the air because of what the owners have lost -- say they've lost -- in now three consecutive seasons.
    One of the biggest problems facing MLB is tanking. The players have tried to discourage this practice but it seems the only measure has been to create a draft lottery and limiting participation in the draft lottery if a team repeatedly loses. Do you think that these measures will really stop tanking?
  • They will help, yes. I believe they will. Not entirely. But there will be one interesting thing to watch -- the more draft picks that the game introduces to the draft the less valuable they'll become, the less like gold and more like silver they'll be treated. And that is what some of the mechanisms of this CBA does. It introduces more draft picks out of thin air without taking them away. That, to me, is a subtle win for the players' union. We'll see how it plays out in practice, but increasing the supply of draft picks so it shifts the values of such picks could change how teams view/cherish/cling-to those picks.
  • How does spring training look so far?
    Rainy. Fine. Saw some hitters who will never be asked to bunt practice bunting. Got a sense of the pitchers they want to be ahead so they're ready to pitch as the season opens early in Class AAA or reinforcements needed for big-league camp.
    In Northern Wisconsin this past weekend, a Brewer’s fan/friend said he was contacted about his opening days refund. I have expect to get that same response from the Cardinals ticket office tomorrow
    When the lock out is over MLB will have to have the arbitration hearings, rule 5 draft, free agent signings, 3 weeks of work outs and at least 2 weeks of spring games. After the contract is signed how long before the first game is played?
    All of this will happen at once, with the exception of the Rule 5 draft. None of those things will inhibit the playing of games. Arbitration hearings will overlap with the regular season at this point. Free agent signings will continue into the regular season. And so on. The first game is expected to be 3-5 days after camp opens, camp is set to open 3-4 days after an agreement is reached, and that's to allow time to ratify the agreement and get players to the site of their camp. There are also players who are unsigned who need to get work visas once they have a contract.
    Thank you for today's chat! I am not a fan of Rob Manfred. I believe the average baseball fan does not understand the actual job description of the commissioner of baseball. He works at the pleasure of the owners. That being said, I cannot see how raising the CBT and failing to implement a painful floor addresses tanking. It actually perpetuates tanking. Tanking will not stop until there is a floor and ceiling with significant draft choice AND financial penalties.
    There won't be a floor or a cap until the owners and players agree on what revenue is, how big that purse is, and then how to divide. That could cost a season. It cost hockey an entire year to a work stoppage to get that. Not great.
    I think you make a great point about the commissioner. This commissioner was hired by the owners to replace one of their own who became the commissioner, and he was hired with the purpose of working for his constituents.
    We want to romanticize the role of commissioner as the First Fan -- as I did earlier -- and throw around the term "best interest of baseball." And maybe there would be a benefit to that. But the commissioner is not, has never been, and won't be the voice of the fans at the table. That's not the role. That's not what he was hired to do.
    Greetings Derick hope is sunny and warm in Florida. Watching snow come down here in Colorado. It's cold as the stiff arm from MLB. I cancelled my MLB TV. I moved to Colorado in 1998. I been paying to watch Cardinals since to keep my ties with St Louis. I don't know one single person that loves baseball out here. They don't as a whole understand the game. It's just cool to go to rare game for most. My friends and family back in St Louis region are mad. They couldn't watch games last year After all the BS of Covid now baseball wants more of our money. I lost my nursing job related to Covid. Lots of friends lost their jobs to greedy employers. I turn 60 soon. I need baseball to help pass time. Question, bird watching or cloud watching which is more entertaining than baseball? Seriously, the game is boring to a real student of the game How is Mike Shannon doing? Love that man.
    Mike Shannon is doing well. Wonder if we'll see him around a bit down here. He may make that appearance. He'll be missed if he does not.
    Your note captures what I've been writing about for a lot of the past year. What happens when a nation emerges from the fog of a pandemic with such deep losses, job cuts, and baseball isn't there. It's been a unifier for the community before -- coming out of Wars, coming out of 9/11, and here it is, at a time when the community could come together again after years apart, during a divisive political climate, and ... it's not there.
    Baseball risks breaking that contract with the culture and it will take a lot to get it back given how much competition there is now.
    In 1995, Netflix didn't have a new show to stream.
    In 1995, Marvel didn't have a new movie coming out.
    In 1995, was the MLS coming to STL?
  • I guess this is a question about how prospects are chosen. Why does Connor Thomas's name not appear on most lists of Cardinal prospects when the metrics of his measurable performance—for instance, his e.r.a, his BB/K, and his strong tendency to induce ground balls—seem so promising?
    I cannot say for sure. He's a strong prospect. Is he a top 10? He may not crack that group because prospect rankings take into account the ceiling of a player (that's a good projection) and also where the player was drafted (I'm not so keen on that as a measure, especially as the player gets higher in the majors). Thomas is a candidate to contribute. And in the end isn't that the ultimate ranking of a prospect?
    All the public posturing notwithstanding, I'm holding out hope there's a deal this week. I know MLB is using the term "canceled" for the lost games, but is there any chance the games could be added back in as double headers so that the season gets to 162? Or has that ship sailed at this point?
    There is a chance. Players will want a full season of pay and a full season of service time, so they'll negotiate for that, and if the owners are going to give it they'll want to sell tickets to that full slate of games. How do they get there? Well, that's harder to tell. Can owners really sell fans a full rate ticket for a seven-inning game? Some can. That may not fly in STL, but that's the only way to get games back and preserve off days. ... We'll find out. To me, it's unlikely there is a 162-game schedule, but it's likely that the players will get their full service time and not their full salaries.
    good morning sir! Has there been any discussions/advancements/ that you are aware of in the "talks"? At this point what is your heartfelt opinion of when and where this mess will get resolved. The argument that the owners have the first month of the season not a big deal due to weather, school i session, etc puts them in control I would think. Your thoughts kind sir??
    The talks yesterday were not good for momentum toward a deal and leaves the process at a fragile point for about 48 hours. Expect more games to be cancelled soon. Expect more posturing. Their clashing public statements yesterday, especially the use by the owners of the word "backwards" and "deadlock," seemed to harm any optimism that either side left Florida after nine consecutive days of negotiations.
    On the topic of approach, do especially the veterans players here in minor league camp auditioning to hopefully break north with the Cardinals, likely look at this lock out more opportunistic than previous spring's when work stoppages are not baked into the equation?
    They do not. They cannot. There is no north to break to at this point. Their season could start for the minors before spring training starts for the majors. We talked to some players today and they did not see it that way. They did not see this as auditioning for a league that's not playing.
    Is the portion of the big league rule 5 draft originally scheduled to take place this past December officially "postponed until further notice" or it essentially cancelled this time around?
    It is ppd, pending a decision on whether to have it at all. Not holding it would be a real punch to the gut for a player like Luken Baker, who would go from looking at 15 new teams to be a DH for and possibly stick in the majors to another season in the minors because no team could draft him in the Rule 5 draft. Total bummer for those players and a governor on their earning potential for the year.
  • When and how will Joe Medwick ever get into the Red Bird Hall of Fame? He is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a Cardinal for 11 years, earned an MVP and Triple Crown in 1937. Rodgers Hornesby has the only other Triple Crowns for the Cardinals. He has the 5th best BA of all Cardinals and is 10th in RBI's. This is a recognition long over due.
    Joe Medwick is in the Cardinals Hall of Fame. He has been since the day it opened. He was part of the inaugural class, in 2014.
    Hi Derrick. I'm 60 years old - grew up in St. Louis - and have always enjoyed baseball. This lockout is frustrating - but I do know that at some point there will be major league baseball again. But I just wanted to shout out to you and the rest of the PD team (along with MLB Radio Network) for helping bridge this down time. I really appreciate it.
    Thank you for the kind words. We all recognize how much baseball means to St. Louis and how much it means to the readers of the Post-Dispatch, and we'll go wherever we must to find the stories that keep baseball in the pages.
    The minor league pitchers will be positioned to pitch innings when the season finally starts. The regular big money guys will be handled with caution.
    Correct. You didn't ask a question, but you answered your own.
    First I think Curt Flood deserves to be in the HOF for his impact on the game. I heard on the radio this morning some owners would be willing to cancel the season rather than give in to players demands. Hope Curt Flood isn't blamed for beginning of the down fall of the game.
    He is not. Period. Musing on the radio is different than reporting.
  • Here's video of the chat with Jordan Walker, right in the middle of this chat: 

    Watch now: Cardinals prospect Jordan Walker talks about his approach to hitting

    STLtoday.comCardinals prospect Jordan Walker on Monday, March 7, 2022, discusses how he has improved his hitting, and trying out different positions on the field.
  • Netflix's Drive to Survive seems to have dramatically increased Americans' interest in Formula 1 racing (Season 4 premiere is days away). HBO's Hard Knocks is such a success for both the NFL and HBO.

    Does MLB need a show like that? (Especially if this work stoppages cuts baseball's connection with popular culture.)
  • With the CBT, aren’t the players coming at this wrong? Instead of expanding the top dollars teams CAN spend, shouldn’t they focus on demanding a floor for spending. Seems to me that if you insist that Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and a few others spend more, you’re putting more money in more players pockets. If you insist on raising the CBT, only those who now spend will spend more in the future.
    The players see the floor as a way to invite the owners to set a hard cap for the ceiling. That is why it hasn't gotten much run. The players have proposed variations that do create a soft floor. Here's an example: The players' union wanted to rewrite the revenue sharing model so that rewarded competition. There were some teams, the union argued, that would get more money than they currently do and have higher profits because of the awards for contending. That was a way to create a floor of some sorts. Instead of pocketing the money from revenue sharing, teams were rewarded in some way by investing that in the team.
    You can see how that mirrors the CBT. While not a hard cap, the CBT has acted a soft cap. While not a hard floor, incentivizing spending the revenue sharing to compete would create a trampoline floor, the union argued.
    The players don't want to go into the negotiations asking for a floor, again, because it invites the owners to say -- cap, hard cap, cap, cap. And there was a strike to prevent that.
    Mr. Gould please explain the Bonus Pool please
    The bonus pool as it is currently set up was proposed by the union and accepted by the owners in some variation, folding into their proposals. How this would work is that it would set aside money that could be split up for the best performers from the class of players with fewer than three years of service time. Money from it would go to the rookie of the year, or a 15-game winner, or the highest WAR of the class, whatever. A player with less than three years of service time like Tommy Edman would get a bump to his salary for his past performance from this pool.
    While I generally agree with the players in these negotiations, I think they are incredibly short sighted for not accepting a salary floor. The CBT acts for most teams as a defacto salary cap so shouldn't they want a floor too? I know they are arguing over the CBT cap amount, but adding a floor in conjunction would seem to be a no-brainer if they want to help stop tanking. Look what having those has done for the NFL and NHL...tons of parity. Only a few teams each year you can look at and say they don't have a chance. And often those are teams that just lost a star player to retirement or free agency or they have inept management.
  • Players have never been offered a salary floor.
    They haven't turned it down because it hasn't been offered.
    They haven't sought it because they believe it's a route to the cap.
    They haven't sought it because they don't agree with the owners on the definition of revenue, and the floor would have to be tied to what they think revenue is and how much of it should be spent on players, or what would even constitute spending toward the floor. Would coach salaries and infrastructure be part of that?
    The players cannot accept what they have not been offered.
    The players cannot accept what they have not pursued for many reasons they should not pursue it.
    A salary floor as you describe -- a clean, tidy, honest -- salary floors is great in theory. It really is.
    There's no way the owners allow that, so the union hasn't wasted the time.
  • Derrick, I enjoy your work, opinions. Do you think that the Cards are currently positioned with their position players similar to how they were positioned with their pitching last season as far as certainty?
  • Yes, at this point. Absolutely.
  • One last comment, The owners are being unfairly being blamed for the "Lockout", This was necessary to prevent the players from a "Strike", remember 1994.
    The owners could stop the lockout right now, this moment. They could stop the lockout, open the gates and have spring training tomorrow. 
    This is an owners' lockout.
    By definition, that's how a lockout work. The owners own the lockout. It's theirs, and they have the power to end it by the time I finish typing this sentence.
    They say they did to spur negotiations, then waited 40 days for them to start. They really did it as a preemptive measure to avoid a strike and perhaps a proactive measure to keep some owners from spending in a CBT-free market. (Yeah, the CBT had a sunset, so this would have been an uncapped spending spree for the Mets.)
    Preemptive is still possessed by the people taking the action. If I preemptively put a boot on your parked car to keep you from potentially speeding, is it your fault that boot is on there, or mine? I'm pretty sure you'd think it's mine ... 
    How are you planning to get the strike zone lowered? You have convinced me, but it doesn’t seem like that is going to happen. Are there players or are there people in MLB’s front office that agree with you? Have you asked Manfred about it?
    I continue to ask, and we'll see if I get good answers.
    Derrick - Is there any potential world where the owners end the lockout of players and just continue on with the previous CBA? Yeah sure, there were things about the game that would be great to change, but overall it wasn't broken. Before the pandemic Busch stadium was always full and the game seemed to be making owners and players money. Why not cut our losses and just resume as it was? The only thing about this offseason really concerning me as a fan, more than even the cancelled games, is how I will be able to view games from the comfort of my home. Not being able to watch is infinitely worse for the game than a few games cancelled for labor disputes.
    There is not a world where that happens because the owners don't want to give the power to the players to pull the plug on the season at any time with a strike. That's what happened in 1994-95. They lost that leverage they had, lost a World Series, and did not get the salary cap they sought. They learned their lesson. They're not giving up the key to unlocking greater leverage for the players, not even if it sways the needle for better PR.
    Alright. That is going to have to bring us to a close. There will be ample coverage of the minor-league camp in tomorrow's Post-Dispatch. There are already video interviews posted to StlToday. The Post-Dispatch has two baseball writers present in Jupiter, Fla., and will be providing coverage throughout the day for and the pages of the Post-Dispatch.
    And there's more coming -- even as we look at some more games being erased from the major-league schedule.
    Not a great time for the highest level of the sport.
    It will give us some time to write about the players rising in the sport who will be part of the generation that benefits from the gains made by the players' union.
    The chat will be back next Monday.
    Stay tuned. Stay informed. Stay healthy.
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